The welfare of our children and their safety is the overriding consideration of the school at all times. As with all schools, we have a legal duty to look out for signs of abuse in children and report any concerns to the Social Services at the Local Authority, who will carry out the necessary investigations. We follow the procedures and guidelines set out in the East Sussex Child Protection policy and procedures.
The Safeguarding Team are:
Our SENCo, Miss Munro, is the Designated Safeguarding Officer. She has received Level 3 training for this role, and regularly attends further courses.
Mr Maxwell, Mrs Evason and Miss Baker have also received Level 3 training, and also keep their training updated
The Designated Safeguarding Officer reports to the Senior Leadership Team and to the Governing Body.
All staff receive appropriate initial child protection training and regular updating, as well as being supervised and supported in the work they do. All staff received updated training in September 2016. Information is available on how to obtain advice, support and help if there is a concern that a child is being harmed in any way.
Bourne School follows Safer Recruitment of staff procedures. Interview panels always include members who have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff are required to complete an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before they can work in the school.
The school maintains a single central record that contains all of the data required by Ofsted.
Bourne School has a range of policies and procedures for paid and voluntary staff to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people. Please see the policy section of the website.
The responsibility for introducing, implementing, and maintaining the Safeguarding Policy rests with the Interim Executive Board. They formally review the policies in line with the monitoring review system.